While this month’s announcement of Watch Dogs 2 — Ubisoft’s future tech open-world caper — might not have come as a huge surprise given the success of the 2014 original, it’s nevertheless a welcome return for a new IP with some big ideas. Doubly so, given that the team behind it seems keen to push forward the template they laid down the first time around.
Resident Evil 7’s lead developers have reassured fans that the full game won’t be a ghost story, despite the recent playable demo and announcement trailer suggesting otherwise. While they weren’t explicit about the return of zombies and biological weapons that the series is known for, apparently the supernatural themes shown so far will “all make sense in the end”. “I’ve seen from initial reactions of what we’ve put out that people are getting the impression that we’ve taken Resident Evil and turned it into some sort of supernatural, occult, ghost story,” director Kōshi Nakanishi explained in a Capcom Unity blog post
This generation of consoles has gotten pretty interesting recently, with both Sony and Microsoft now planning to launch significantly more powerful mid-generation consoles that offer full backwards compatibility with what is currently out there. While having a more powerful PS4 on the market might be cause for concern for original PS4 owners, Sony’s WorldWide Studios head has said that the PS4 Neo won’t shorten the PS4’s life span. “Well no, PS4 is PS4, you know the new high-end PS4 is still PS4, so you know the lifecycle is not going to be shorter,” Yoshida said in an interview with Gameswelt.TV (via NeoGAF).
E3 2016 brought with it a number of release dates for various games set to launch within the next year. These release dates included the revelation that PlayStation 4 exclusive Horizon: Zero Dawn has been delayed to 2017, a decision that has since been elaborated on by Mathijs de Jonge, the game’s director.
E3 was pretty good this year. There were several good announcements (even with all the leaks) and conferences. I have to say though, at the risk of sounding like a Sony fanboy (I kind of am), they killed it at the Sony conference.
It was during this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo event that Sony and Santa Monica Studio introduced a new “God of War” video game sequel for the PlayStation 4 and gaming fans were ecstatic to see the return of the game’s main protagonist Kratos into the game along with his son in a new and different environment. Gamers who have attended the E3 2016 event saw the “God of War” demo and it features an older Kratos along with his son hunting for food in the Norse lands as they encounter new threats along the way
We assumed that Sony and Insomniac’s upcoming Spider-Man game was a well-timed one-off, but it sounds like there may be more to come in the future. In an interview with Games Industry.biz, Marvel Games’ head Jay Ong has hinted that the PlayStation 4 exclusive may merely represent the beginning of a long-running partnership – with more titles to comes. “We’ve had a long history of success with Activision, and we still have a great relationship with them.